Archive for the ‘Education Policy and Trends’ Category

  • DirectConnect Program Among Nation’s Best for Increasing Hispanic College Success

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

    Valencia College’s DirectConnect to UCF program has been selected by Excelencia in Education, a Washington, D.C.-based organization, as America’s top program…

  • Our Challenge: Creating Opportunity for Unemployed Workers

    Monday, August 27, 2012

    Hello friends: A few months ago, I was invited to participate in an Aug. 29 panel workshop on creating jobs and…

  • My Word: Valencia’s award a community achievement

    Tuesday, December 20, 2011

    Orlando Sentinel, My Word: Valencia’s award a community achievement By Sandy Shugart December 20, 2011 In the wake of the announcement that Valencia…

  • The Florida College System Needs Your Support

    Friday, March 18, 2011

    Now is the time to strengthen rather than blunt the work of the 28 state/community colleges now known as the Florida…

  • Valencia Update, October 2010

    Tuesday, October 5, 2010

    I hope the dust is settling from the fall semester start-up and you are all finding your stride in the new…

  • National Spotlight on Florida Community Colleges Offering Bachelor’s Degrees

    Thursday, August 12, 2010

    Inside Higher Ed explores the issue of Florida’s community colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in this article published today.

    Not Just a Foot in the Door
    August 12, 2010

    “Given that there was still demand for these programs, Central Florida wanted Valencia to take on at least two of them. So, if Valencia wins the state board’s approval, it plans to begin offering baccalaureate degrees in engineering technology and radiology imaging. Shugart acknowledged that if his institution did not offer these degrees they probably would not be offered in and around the Orlando area. Still, he is not eager to add any more four-year degrees.

    ‘We would not have done this if [Central Florida] had not approached us,’ Shugart said. ‘We have our hands pretty full already. As long as the need was met elsewhere, we wouldn’t have done this. … At least for now, ‘community’ is our middle name. I’d like to keep it that way.'”

  • Keynote Address at Big Ideas Conference, 2009

    Thursday, June 10, 2010

    “Can Our Institutions Accommodate to People Who Don’t Believe in Them?”
    Sandy Shugart served as one of the keynote speakers at the Big Ideas Fest in 2009. Not your usual education conference, the three-day Big Ideas Fest is an immersion into collaboration and design with the focus on inspiring and modeling cutting-edge thinking in K-20 education. The next Big Ideas Fest 2010 is December 5-8 in Half Moon Bay, California.

  • How To Reverse Higher Ed’s Dropout Crisis?

    Wednesday, June 2, 2010

    by Eliza Krigman

    Valencia President Sandy Shugart joined thought leaders from the government, academia and business today and called for an improvement in college completion rates. At stake, they said, is Americans’ ability to remain competitive in a global economy.

  • Business Plan Offers Guidance in Tough Economic Times

    Tuesday, May 25, 2010

    By Keith Houck and Joyce Romano Published November 11, 2008 A faltering economy and state funding falling behind enrollment growth is…

  • Ten Business Imperatives: Bold Strokes to Meet Valencia Challenges

    Tuesday, May 25, 2010

    By Keith Houck and Joyce C. Romano November, 2008 To deal with diminishing state funding, Valencia Community College resisted a broad-brush…